EPT alumnus becomes instructor at newest EPT facility

17 December 2019

Recent graduate of Pratt Community College’s Electrical Power Technology (EPT) program, Otto Orosco, became the instructor at the PCC EPT program at Dodge City Community College (DCCC). In August, PCC and DCCC entered into a three year partnership to allow current DCCC students to complete credentials as well as bring in potential students to the EPT program. DCCC provides the facility and equipment for the program and PCC provided the curriculum and awards the certificate or degree as well as hiring Orosco as a full-time instructor.

Upon completion of the EPT program at PCC, Orosco worked as a lineman for two and a half years for the city of Lakin, Kan. Orosco said that initially family got him interested in training to be a lineman.

“It is a family trade and my uncles told me you won’t regret it,” said Orosco.

Orosco’s family, specifically his uncles, are lineman and encouraged him to look into it as a career path. When Orosco was researching career opportunities he had a few requirements. He wanted a profession that provided rewarding work and working outside.

After working in the field for a short time he was approached with an opportunity to become an instructor. Dave Campbell, PCC EPT instructor, said he liked what Orosco achieved when he was a student teacher aid at PCC and offered him the instructor position at the Dodge City site.

“Being a student teacher aid helped me develop my leadership and helped me assist other students,” said Orosco.

During Orosco’s time as a student at PCC, he enjoyed being a leader and helping others both in the classroom and at the climbing poles. When it comes to being an instructor Orosco still holds these same interests.

“My favorite part of being an instructor is seeing the student’s eyes light up when they figure out a task. Then it clicks and they excel and help others.”

With this being the first year for the PCC EPT program at DCCC, it is not yet at full capacity. With a smaller class size Orosco is able to focus on individual students better. Orosco also noted that many students are able to commute since it is closer to home for them.

“The smaller class gives me the opportunity to give individual help to students.”

Being away from the main campus has only been slightly a challenge. EPT instructor, Campbell, visits the Dodge City site and assists when needed.

“It can be a challenge being a first year teacher and being away from the main program campus,” said Orosco. “One learning curve is that the field of work is constantly changing, just like everything else, I’m learning to adapt to the changes.”

Orosco has learned many skills in his short time as an instructor. Ranging from how to conduct a classroom to what teaching styles works best for his students.

“I find it beneficial to show the students what I know, provide real life knowledge, and we all improve and benefit together,” said Orosco.

Electrical Power Technology offers degrees in Applied Science and Job Certification on PCC’s campus, Coffeyville Community College’s campus and in Wichita.  Students receive training in the classroom and pole and wire training during in the field class training. All students are required to have 400 hours of on the job training during the summer months. The PCC program averages about 70 students across all locations making it the largest EPT program in the state. The PCC EPT locations are located in Pratt, Coffeyville, Dodge City and Wichita.

To apply for the EPT program, on-campus or online, students contact the Associate Director of Special Program Admissions, 620-450-2114, elyseb@prattcc.edu. For more information about the Electrical Power Technology program, contact Dave Campbell at 620-450-2127 or phillipc@prattcc.edu.